Recent hatchlings of gharial crocodiles on mom’s head, the banks of the Chambal River, India. Photo by Udayan Rao Pawar. Gharial crocodiles (Gavialis gangeticus) are highly endangered with just 200 or so breeding adults remaining in 2% of their former range.
The gharial, also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the Indian Subcontinent. The global gharial population is estimated at less than 235 individuals, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources and use of fishing nets. As the population has declined drastically in the past 70 years, the gharial is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN. The gharial is one of the longest of all living crocodilians, measuring up to 6.25 m (20.5 ft). With 110 sharp interdigitated teeth in its long thin snout it is well adapted to catching fish, its main diet.The male has a distinctive boss at the end of the snout, which resembles an earthenware pot known as ghara.
oh no the herpetologist in me is gushing about Latch
If you don’t think Latch should be a gharial/gavial instead of a crocodile let me show you a thing *slaps herpetology goggles on*
this is a crocodile (nile crocodile to be exact)
and this is a gharial (indian gavial) note the shape of the skull and just how toothy the jaws are in comparison to a crocs jaws
when a male gharial reaches reproductive maturity (about 13 years old), they grow a bulb around their nostrils called a ghara, which makes a hissing/buzzing sound used to attract mates and claim territory. this also makes gharials the only crocodillian with obvious dimorphism between males and females.
and now we look at Latch.
Thin swooping skull? lots of toothy teeths?? 20 years old and has a distinctive snout bump???? yep he totally reads gharial/gavial to me.
I know stylization is a major factor and Latch is an anthropomorphic cyborg crocodillian from a videogame where you hit people with baseballs going 1000mph, but this is the internet I’m allowed to overanalyze things.